I don’t think we should be asking for role models from black film. I don’t think we should ask black film to “show us in the best light.” I don’t think we should ignore class when we pretend there can be a singular black story or not own up to the fact that part of wanting to see suited blacks on screen is self-interested. I don’t think obsessing over respectable images of Black Middle Class is the way of making black film “positive”. I believe these things because the enterprise of policing black art tends to backfire and silence the already silenced.

Olivia Pope, Bougie Politics and the Crimes of Black-on-Black Film | Sister of the Yam

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